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The Italian Job (1969)

Michael Caine , Noel Coward , Peter Collinson  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, Tony Beckley
  • Directors: Peter Collinson
  • Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
  • Producers: Michael Deeley, Robert Porter, Stanley Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHPB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Italian Job" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Michael Deeley and Matthew Field, author of "The Making of The Italian Job"
  • 3 "Making of" Documentaries
  • Deleted Scene with commentary by Matthew Field

Editorial Reviews

A spectacular robbery of gold bullion in Turin is masterminded by an older gentleman from a British prison where he is lord of all he surveys.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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A double feature was recently offered on cable TV that allowed me to view "The Italian Job" twice - the 1969 version with Michael Caine and the 2003 version. The two films have little in common except a gold bullion robbery, 4 million dollars worth in 1969, and 27 million in 2003, to allow for the decreasing value of the dollar and bigger and better ways to spend it! I enjoyed the 2003 thriller but the older film is really an excellent comedy. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to see it, because I missed it, and lots of laughs, the first time around.
"The Italian Job" (1969) is a campy caper packed with 1960s nostalgia. There are enough gadgets and girls in this film to make even James Bond content, although Bond would never work with the bumbling, quirky characters that Michael Caine, called Charlie Croker here, is forced to deal with. The film opens with a choreographed hit by the Italian Mafia. The choreography could have been done for the June Taylor Dancers. It's a riot! Anyway, Roger Beckerman, a brilliant thief, is murdered because he had masterminded a potential heist to take place in Turin, Italy, involving millions of dollars of Chinese gold bullion. Beckerman leaves a tape for Charlie Croker, who has just been released from a British prison. The video tape, to be viewed in the event of Beckerman's death, explains the entire caper and offers Charlie the opportunity to do the job. Charlie gets the funding for the project from Mr. Bridger, played by a wonderfully comic Noel Coward. Bridger is an inmate of the prison where Charlie had spent the last few years and he rules the UK underworld like a king, from his jail cell, with guards and inmates paying him homage.
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4 of 0 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original heist...not on the viewer's mind December 8, 2003
Far better in almost every way than the recent re-make.
With this one, there is superb acting, a great story and plenty of action to see you through - WITHOUT ALL THE STRATEGIC PRODUCT PLACEMENTS!
Remember the days when movies were about art and not commercials?
We could go into all the symbolism inherent in a film about heists that features product placements...
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all movies be like this? April 25, 2000
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This is one of the finest heist films ever committed to celluloid. This is one of the finest ensemble performances assembled. This is, without question, one of the finest films of its genre.
Michael Caine is, as always, smooth and calculating and funny in his subtle, English way. The heist and the set up to the heist are handled brilliantly. I am a longtime fan of all heist films and this has to be, alongside "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3", the best. From Caine's dead associate talking to him from beyond the grave on reels of black and white film...outlining the whole the flawless execution of the plan, the pure excitement of the chase scene (The BEST CAR CHASE SCENE EVER)and the twists and turns and even the theme song....everything is pure magnificence.
Oh man. Get this movie. Love this movie. Cherish this movie and then watch it again and again.
Never before have you seen the things you'll see in this movie. NEVER.
I fear that any review I give will be more convoluted and uninforming than actually watching this movie. So that is what you must do. I guarantee you will be grinning from ear to ear and dancing that happy dance you dance when you discover a film as good as this one....
thank your lucky stars...
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Preservation Society! December 14, 2000
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This is the movie that defined the word, 'Classic'.
Michael Caine plays Charlie who's just been released from prison. Rather than trying to keep on the straight and narrow, he immediately embarks on trying to steal gold bullion from the Italian's. He gets the backing of Mr. Bridger, London's head of crime, who's in prison himself.
To help him carry out the plan, he gathers together an array of colourful people including Benny Hill as the clever professor who has a penchant for big women.
Add to the mix three Mini Cooper's as the unlikely get away cars and you're in for a fun filled, action packed film that sees Charlie and his gang trying to outrun both the police and the Mafia.
The build up to the heist is interesting and funny but the unique get away at the end is the scene stealer. Through underground sewers and subways, down church steps, through rivers and up to the very rooftops, it's gripping and highly entertaining. I think anyone that watches the film will just yearn to have a Mini Cooper afterwards.
Of course, the cliff hanger of an ending just fits so perfectly too.
To add; I also think the soundtrack is great and the film produced one of the most, if not THE, memorable quote of all time from Michael Caine when he sees the truck explode into thousands of pieces during a practice run and then turns to the unfortunate explosives 'expert' and says, "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off."
Mr. Caine has said that he still has people come up to him in the street and say that to him, even now!
To conlcude, The Italian Job is very patriotic, even the cars are red, white and blue, and I think it's the masterpiece for all British classic's.
So, "get your skates on, mate" and buy it now - your collection is lacking if this film isn't a part of it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inane and Trite
If you are looking for an inane, trite, campy movie that reflects some of the confusion, insecurities, and lack of resolution of the 1960's, then this is the movie for you.
Published 4 days ago by gram
2.0 out of 5 stars Michael Caine is the only good part of it
Messy and tacky. Michael Caine is the only good part of it.
Published 5 days ago by Pleased
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent film
Published 8 days ago by Guillermo Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Good old fashioned heist job flick.
Published 15 days ago by William C. Devinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British movie
Great British movie, where the 3 Mini Coopers are the stars, the stunts superb, mixed with British humor and Michael Caine in particular wonderful, the ending is classic,
Published 21 days ago by Donald Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best caper jobs I've seen, plus I am a big fan of Brit movies.
Published 23 days ago by earthblood
1.0 out of 5 stars And a bad job at that!
The Italian Job wastes the talent such as Caine & Noel Coward on a a silly plot & dated British illusions about
imaginary Italians.
Published 27 days ago by Peter Mellini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Lavery Healey
1.0 out of 5 stars I recall that this was a pretty good date movie
I recall that this was a pretty good date movie...back in the day. But, memories fade, with age; This "oldie goldie" is pretty lame, today.
Published 28 days ago by James A Grady
5.0 out of 5 stars This original is cool, wonderful '60's fun
The sequel was a blast! This original is cool, wonderful '60's fun.
Caine plays one of his best parts in his role as gang leader--but check out
who his boss is! Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Preston
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Italian Job - 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition -Amazon exclusive???
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